The twelve step program, more commonly referred to as Alcoholics Anonymous or AA, has become the ultimate authority over the last 100 years when it comes to recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. Its core message is based on the principles of turning your life over to a higher power while admitting that you solely cannot overcome your addiction. As faith-based, abstinence-only fellowships, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can be very encouraging and affordable resources. However, the original idea behind these programs was that they operate on a voluntary basis, and because they appear to be the only option for so many people there’s a massive ignorance as to the other programs that exist.
The ultimate mission of anyone attending AA is to start a path towards sobriety, but more importantly to gain the tools to stay sober year after year. A serious addiction, whether it is to drugs or alcohol, will always attempt to cause the individual to relapse, and with success rates from 3% to 8% across the US, the twelve step program is falling short for many individuals. Based on current studies on addiction, death rates for substance users are far higher for those relapsing after attempted sobriety, rather than for first time users—and this opens up a large question about how we increase success amongst those already struggling with alcohol and drug dependence.
While Ranch Creek Recovery does offer programs that include a twelve step methodology, many individuals need to realize that they are not limited to that single outlet for personal therapy and recovery. Holistic treatment centers and progressive new programs, like those at Ranch Creek, develop lasting habits and strong cognitive perspectives that can’t be gained through a repetitive cycle of AA meetings. If you have struggled to find success with a twelve step program or don’t believe in the spiritual principles that are at the core of the program, it’s time to seek out more uplifting and constructive forms of rehabilitation.
At Ranch Creek we understand that your addiction is complex, and by getting to the root of your dependency we can design a program that will help you evolve your lifestyle towards sober living, without damaging the individual characteristics that make you unique. Let us show you the world of possibilities that awaits you during your recovery, and call us today at (951) 676-9111.